The Pentagon reported nearly 60 American troops injured in attacks by Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria in the last month.
Despite the U.S. response with strikes on weapons facilities, no confirmed casualties have been reported.
The Pentagon maintains that the attacks on U.S. troops are separate from the Israel-Hamas conflict and are due to Iran’s opposition to U.S. presence in the region. (Trending: Jury Reaches Verdict In Paul Pelosi Hammer Case)
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Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters in a press briefing, “Since October 17th through today, we are tracking that there have been 55 attacks on U.S. forces. There have been 27 attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and 28 attacks in Syria.”
“We are also tracking 59 U.S. personnel who have received injuries in the [traumatic brain injury] or non-serious categories since these attacks began. Approximately 27 personnel have been evaluated for TBI and 32 for other non-serious injuries,” added the spokesperson.
“As of today, all 59 have returned to duty,” she claimed.
They emphasize they are targeting these groups precisely and believe Iran is getting the message to stop using proxy forces.
Singh said that “We are in Syria and Iraq for our mission to defeat ISIS.”
She claimed that “We have seen Iran and Iran proxy groups continue to attack U.S. forces because we know Iran doesn’t want us there, we know Iran does not want to see U.S. forces on the ground, and in the region, frankly.
Adding, “And so we saw this back in March, we’ve seen this before, where they attack our forces,”
“We’ve taken action, we’ve hit weapons storage facilities. And it’s important to remember the facilities that we hit are now destroyed,” insisted Singh.
“These groups cannot go back to these facilities and take weapons out because they’re gone,” she exclaimed.
Singh reemphasized that “we feel that we are being very precise with our targeting and ensuring that we can inflict the most damage to the — these groups and their — their capabilities.”
The Pentagon also asserts that the conflict within Israel and Gaza has not expanded to the region where the attacks occurred.
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